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solid. you have a solid, solid hole coming out. and that's -- that's -- >> the drilling machinery, can you describe it? >> the drilling rig? >> uh-huh. >> you've probably seen them on, you know, television or something. the rigs are pretty much oil rigs, water rigs, they're all different types but jimmy was telling me they'll probably start out maybe with a 12 inch hole and when you get clear to bottom, there will be 6 to 8 inches depending on how many casings you have to put in. >> going through about 11 -- >> i think that's the total that they're working on. >> governor, you mentioned that one of the miners that survived was found in the track. >> there was two from the mine. that's two of the miners they took to the hospital. one guy was telling me that he was -- one was located, he was down there in a daze.
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the rescue person who was going back down saw the one coming out and then he saw the other gentleman further back in, you know, time and a date and the rest of the people on there and they found them and one of the men had a pulse and he was one that passed away and was taken to the hospital. >> one of two. >> there was one of the three. two survived. one of those. and there was six more that did not. >> can you paint a picture of the damage inside the shaft itself? you've mentioned that the railway tiles have been damaged. can you describe to me the damage? >> i can describe what they explained to us and basically, the damage was that, you know, you have rails that most of your equipment and most of your cars and shovels and others run off
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and when there's a blast that's so strong that it -- i don't know, it ends and makes them look like a pretzel and you wonder what type of force would do that, that tells you how more horrific that was. there's water that goes back and all types of things that run this machinery. you can tell by the things that twisted and moved, they'll be able to pinpoint what happened. it's like any, i guess, after there would be an airplane crash or something, that there are pieces together. but this is pretty rough, what they're telling us. >> where were the 30 some miners made out of, a shift change, where were they? >> i mean, they were finishing their shifts so they're coming out of the mine. i'm sure one miner was telling
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me, the one that came out which was actually the brother of -- the brother and the father of the three family members and he was saying as he was coming out and he was taking his shirt off that the force blew out his shirt. that was a good way away from the blast. >> i'm sure there are lots of people that are watching this and listening. they probably want to do something. what's your recommendation for people? >> it's going to be a long day down at the center where we have the families. the red cross is the best red cross, as you know, they're right there. anything you would do, i would say, you could see that the space that we have. we have it all set up here and we have the family and we have the commander and the miners. people coming down would not be advisable to try to come down, sight see, please don't do that.
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but if they want to help, they should help the local red cross. the help will get here. >> absolutely. >> and the families are in an office or where are they actually at? >> the center. yeah. >> it's a large building. they're all in there and they can set that up and they have the food and everything right there for them so the families are all together. >> are there also grief counselors as well? >> in west virginia, our clergy is our grief counselors. we have, you know, these are tough people and they do it all. i don't know how to explain it. it's so different. the people, they're solid and they're coming together and they understand the depths of this.
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and family members, i told the family members, i said i know there's no use to tell you this, if you can go home and get some rest, i know they won't but if you need to change your clothes or whatever, you have a lot of information now until we get the first hole through to know what conditions we're dealing with and knowing that the rescue teams can go in or how quickly. so you're looking at maybe 12 plus hours for that. >> are any of the miners who got out still in the hospital? >> two. one in beckly and one in charleston. >> no one has briefed him yet. not that i know of. the only debriefing that's going on and the way that the four miners were identified is local rescuers who knew them. and people said, how come you
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haven't identified the other 14? there was a total of 18 unidentified. you identified four, why not the other 14? we had rescuers from all different parts of the state so if they saw them, they wouldn't know them and again, being in a rescue operation, so we had to explain to the families that's how their loved ones were identified, by friends of people who worked with them. >> 12 hours until you can vent those three holes? >> to get down through the drilling process, you know, we were hoping it would be quicker than that. they're telling me what they have to do and how they have to go through it and the casings that will be needed. >> once the air is clean enough -- >> it's very quick. >> you know where they are. >> well, they've advanced through the mines previously. >> to the microphone, please. >> yeah. >> they'll advance back into the mines to areas that they know were safe before to fresh air base, they'll continue to move forward and re-establish that
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fresh air base to make sure it's safe for the levels inside the mine and that this is a methodical process and at times, you have one team will leapfrog another team so this will continue on until they get back to the area where they were and then continue to explore areas they've not explored yet. >> are they thinking they would be able to find all four miners. >> what -- the -- what they know and what we've been briefed is one of the miners that are missing was on the section. three of the miners that was missing was working and was in a section, ok, mine section, not on the face of the other one. so three were together in one area and one is missing from the long mine. how far apart is that? >> it could be as much as 2,000 feet. >> were they in the process, were they actually mining at the
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time -- >> shift, there's a couple of things that go on during a shift change. long wall doesn't shut down. so that person -- he'll hop seat it, he'll work right through until someone jumps in and takes over. they can't shut that down. that's the one that they're missing probably on that section there and then the others are just shifting in, waiting for their foreman to come give them their duties. and that's where the three are missing. >> are they mining in that new area as well? >> yes, they would have been getting prepared to move the long wall. >> well, yeah, you know how they cut into the wall, you know, i don't know how far -- i don't know exactly. ready to move this one or just getting prepared. they'll work ahead of it, as you know. >> do we know where the mission was? >> the that's speculation. no one knows. the direction of the blast will
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tell them. >> where was the chamber? >> the chamber is very close to where the long wall. chambers. there's always a chamber by the long wall. >> all four of them were closed. >> we don't know. >> that's the hope. that's the miracle and the hope. >> this is a tough one, you know. and i think the families we've talked about it but there's just a shred of hope is still hope for a miracle. i never thought that we'd find randy mccoy, you know. >> governor, you gave some descriptions earlier of someone -- one of the miners coming out, some of the miners who were coming out said. were those the men that were injured on the man trip who told you that or these were one who were further out? like these were ones that were -- >> finishing their shift up. when they heard something or knew something happened, they went back in as far as they
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could and they knew there was an explosion. >> so the two who were injured on the trip -- >> you're looking at a live press conference out of west virginia with the governor there discussing the terrible tragedy that happened yesterday with that explosion at the upper big branch mine 30 miles south of charleston in west virginia. 25 have been killed. as you've been listening, four still missing. still hoping for a miracle, those families, that they may be able to be coming out alive but they first have to drill these holes. >> that's right. >> that's part of the problem. >> because they suspended the rescue operation yesterday because they're -- there is so much methane gas can build up in these particular mines and they think that's probably what caused the explosion. steve centanni is not far from the mine shaft out in west virginia with the very latest. good morning to you, steve. >> good morning, steve. that's right, as you heard governor joe mansion say a few minutes ago, these families are clinging to a shred of hope and that's about all they have. they have some hope. there are four missing men. they don't know whether they're
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alive or dead. we can't go in with search crews right now. they've all been pulled out because of the dangerous conditions and low visibility, the toxic air inside the mine so they can't go all the way in where they need to go to find those four missing men. we know 25 are dead. and 11 of those have been taken out of the mine. they have been identified. still a shred of hope for some of the families here. for all the families here because they don't know if their loved one might be among the four who still has not been found and still could be alive. there are some rescue chambers, some safety chambers inside the mine where they can take refuge if they're able to get in there where they have air for 96 hours, where they have some supplies, where they can survive so there's that hope that maybe they got in there and maybe that's where they'll be found later on. the operation now is to drill ventilation holes back in the top of the mountain into the mine shaft where the people are trapped and try to ventilate the air to clear out some of that methane gas and the carbon
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monoxide to make the air breathable again for the rescue crews to go back in later today but joe mansion saying that's going to be a long and tedious process because they have to go through solid rock. then through some open chambers, and put some pipe shaft in there and it will take like 12 hours before they can get some holes dug and clear out some of that air. but that's the hope. hope alive here. terrible tragedy yesterday afternoon, this huge explosion, they haven't said exactly what caused it. possibly a methane gas explosion like we had four years ago at the mine here in west virginia. possibly something else. they haven't determined that yet. but again, the frantic search continues. the hope remains alive although just barely among the many families stricken by this tragedy here in west virginia. back to you guys. >> steve centanni, thanks. governor was on vacation in flo florida and scrambled back. talked about one family, an uncle and three nephews all lost in the explosion. we'll continue to cover that.
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meanwhile, straight ahead, president obama throws down a nuclear game changer. completely altering the way we use nuclear weapons against our enemies. but will it keep the world safer? >> sources say afghanistan president karzai threatening to join the taliban? if the u.s. doesn't stop interfering with how he runs his government? are you kidding me? why a former c.i.a. operative says it's a threat that should be taken extremely seriously much that's coming up next. >> this is one great delivery guy even though he was attacked on the job, he managed to deliver some pies. his story is straight ahead on this tuesday.
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but were his threats founded? should america be worried about handing afghanistan over to such an unstable leader? >> joining us right now is former c.i.a. operative and a stable guy, michael schoerer. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm doing fine. brian and i were chatting in the break, this is troubling. you have karzai over there saying if the united states doesn't stop mettling, we're going to turn taliban. what's going on here? > >> i think he's a survivor. he's always taken care much himself first. he didn't fight the soviets. he stayed safely overseas. the taliban had invited him in the late 1990's to be their ambassador to the u.n. and he agreed to do that but then america put them on the terrorism list. so i think karzai realizing we're not in this thing to win and he really wants to survive one way or another as a leader in afghanistan. >> what's kind of strange is that might be the case three
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years down the road but michael, as you know, we're putting 30,000 more troops in, a major operation in marjah and then kandahar. what a way to say the u.s. back off, i like china and iran better. >> i think, though, to be fair, what we're doing in afghanistan is simply marking time. our major operation worked in marjah as long as our 10,000 people were there. as soon as they left, the taliban came back. now, we've given the taliban and its allies three months head start to get out of kandahar. so, you know, what it comes down to if you're not going to kill the enemy and win, there's very little chance to build a government. >> in a nutshell what you're saying is by karzai's hand, if you don't start -- he's building himself up to look good because he's hedging his bets that the united states is going to lose and leave. >> that's right. that's right. by saying he would join the taliban, he's also basically saying that i'll join pakistan
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against the northern minorities that are in his government so he's a very crafty guy. i don't think he's a particularly brave man but he's a very, very crafty man. >> michael, should the president of the united states cancel karzai's visit in may? >> i think, yes. i think here we clearly have created a puppet we can't even control. the reality for him is that he can't stand a day without our bayonets so he's looking for other help and that's in the taliban. >> all right. michael, former c.i.a. operative, thank you very much for joining us today from d.c. thank you, sir. >> thanks, mike. meanwhile straight ahead, ma matthew snyder put his life on the line to fight for this nation. why is the marine's dad paying the group more than $16,000? a legal look behind the fight next. >> and nicolette sheridan isn't
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>> 23 minutes after the top of the hour. let's take a look at some other headlines on this tuesday and another fox news alert. the top military spokesman in baghdad is blaming al-qaida for a series of deadly explosions in the city this morning. at least 34 people were killed in six enormous blasts that targeted apartment buildings. the official says the country is at war with al-qaida. it is the fourth attack there in five days. meanwhile, president obama set to propose major changes to the u.s. nuclear weapons strategy. in a policy set to be announced today, the president would limit the situations in which the
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united states would use nuclear weapons. even in self-defense. there would be some exceptions for rogue states like iran and north korea. the president tells "the new york times" he envisions the united states leading the way in the revision of nuclear arms making them in his words obsolete. >> the father of that marine killed in action must pay more than $16,000 to a group that protested at his son's funeral. at the burial of lance corporal matthew snyder, westboro baptist church members showed up holding anti-gay signs so his father sued unsuccessfully. now, courts are forcing mr. snyder to pay the same people who made a mockery of his son's death. how did the court come to this conclusion? university of florida law professor clay calvert joins us to help explain. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, too. >> so many people are outraged by this acase and they say the
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father has had enough. now he has to pay their legal fees. does it all come down to the fact that he filed a paper late? >> well, that's partially what it comes down to. there are really two issues were one is the substantive issue of the first amend mament rights o freedom of speech and how far do they respond. the request for costs which is what the followers filed in this case. >> so the appellate court, then, because of this late filing, was it simply because of that that they then determined that this father mourning the loss of his son should pay the legal bills for westboro baptist church. >> i know that seems totally outrageous but under the federal rules of civil procedure, they are entitled to the party that prevails is entitled to cost. if the united states supreme court sets this aside, of course, and the united states supreme court is hearing this case, there will be no need actually for mr. snyder to pay those costs at all. >> but could the appellate court, mr. calvert have used
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discretion in this case if he filed it late and said on its face, it's so ridiculous really that we should not have mr. snyder pay these legal costs? do they have that discretion? >> it does have that discretion. even though it's that ridiculous. we can agree this speech is offensive, unagreeable and anti-family, what the appellate court is looking the procedural details of when do we have to file, when does that response have to be filed and because snyder's attorney filed that response late in time, essentially that precludes them from recovering this and in addition, the appellate court said yes, you have the money to pay this off. >> originally, the father in this case, mr. phelps won the -- or mr. snyder won $5 million. then the appellate court overturned that. now the supreme court has agreed to take this case. you are an expert in first amendment. what will they do? >> that's hard to call in this case.
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it tests the boundaries of how far they go to say anti-gay, anti-military speech but saying it in a public forum and so how far will the first amendment go? that's really the question. it's hard to predict. we've got some justices on this supreme court right now who are very free speech friendly but again, the situation here is so sympathetic to the plaintiff, mr. snyder in this case, it's really hard to predict what the court will say. >> clay calvert, first amendment expert, thanks for being our guests this morning. >> thank you. >> senator harry reid, he's from nevada and says americans now love the health care reform bill. really? >> now that the legislation passed, it's amazing how much different people's attitudes is. traveling on an airplane, people are so nice to me. >> wow, and he didn't stop there. and the group of a.t.v. riders fall off a 700 foot cliff and survive. that amazing story coming up.
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>> now, a fox news alert at half past the hour of 6:00 in the morning. thanks for sharing your time with us today. the worst mining accident in the u.s. in more than two decades, 25 miners are dead now. four still missing in west virginia after that explosion at
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the upper big branch mine in the southern part of the state. rescue efforts for the missing miners suspended right now because of high levels of methane gas in the mine. crews will be drilling a hole in the morning to try to clear the air before they can go back in. the west virginia governor joe mansion had spoken with the families. >> these are just tough times. these are tough times. these are just good people. hard working people. they're good people. and right now, i told them to do what they do best, love each other. and come together as a family. >> the mine is owned by massy energy and has a history of violations for gas levels. we'll have live reports from the scene throughout the morning for you. and coming up at the top of the hour, we will talk to west virginia governor joe mansion live right here on the show. >> wow. a gritty war video filmed at the height of the iraqi insurgency shows the pressure u.s. troops
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were under when making life and death decisions. video shows a chopper arriving at a gun battle nearby to find a group of men approaching the fight with what looks to be a.k. 47's in a rocket propelled grenade. they later concluded that the r.p.g. was really a photo lens. 12 people were killed. >> meanwhile, heightened security in pakistan this morning following the deadly attack near the u.s. consulate there. it happened in the northwest region. officials say taliban militants raided a heavily guarded u.s. consulate killing at least five security workers. u.n. offices will be closed for two days in that region. >> the republican national committee's chief of staff ken mckay stepping down now amid criticism from last month's nightclub scandal. r.n.c. chair michael steele stands firm and insists he's not going anywhere. the r.n.c. reimbursed a donor for a $2,000 tab at a hollywood strip club. the staffer that approved the tab was fired.
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officials say steele was not at the club and had no knowledge of the expense. >> armed robbers tried to steal a pizza from a pizza deliveryman but the 19-year-old doesn't let them get away with it. the new york city man described how he fought off the bad guys. >> pick up the pizza and i punched him just like that and i pushed him against the elevator and then, another guy spin and punch me and i punch the guy. >> wow! can you imagine how proud that employer must be and the raise he must be enjoying at this hour. >> sometimes an employee gets fired for that. >> i know, that happened at one point. not this guy. i'll make sure of it. steve, you make sure of it, too, sometimes i have to go home early. get this, he went to deliver the pizza ands security guard saw what happened and the would-be thieves were indeed arrested. >> he wound up delivering the pizzas despite all of that. >> that's what i'm trying to say, steve. absolutely. >> forget about when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, some guy hit his eye like a
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big pizza pie. that was not amore. thank you very much. >> wasn't cher in that movie? >> in "moonstruck." that was fantastic. >> brian, it came down to one shot that could have been the shot remembered throughout all history at the very end of the big show last night in indianapolis. >> what's he talking about? >> butler vs. duke. >> great final last night, as steve referred to and gretchen has confirmed. final shot down to two. here's how it built up to the great drama. butler, could they pull up the upset? 4,000 students, a lot of them play basketball. at least 10 that play real well. duke in the white. nolan smith hits by three. duke blue devils only led by one at half. butler with a chance to tie. wouldn't happen. but hayward would get one more chance. let's listen. >> hayward pulling it down. adm add mid court, launches the
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shot. almost went in! duke is the king of the den. >> they lose by two. they would have won by one if that shot had gone in. final score 61-59. meanwhile, more drama. it happened at 2:00 in the afternoon eastern time. tiger woods facing the media. his first presser since he was exposed for cheating on his wife many, many times. the world's number one golfer revealed he never took or received h.g.h. from a controversial doctor under investigation. let's listen. >> he did come to my house. he never gave me h.g.h. for -- or any peds. i've never taken that my entire life. i've never taken any illegal drug ever for that matter. >> ok. >> that could open up a lot of questions. during his practice round, he saw a kinder, gentler tiger. one fan called out "welcome back tiger" instead of ignoring him as he so often does, woods turned with a wave and a smile. the reception at augusta for him, "blew him away." also he said he'll be a lot calmer on the course. he'll show a lot less emotion.
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no club throwing. no yelling at people, he says, which means a lot less exuberance he will show after a big shot. >> it goes both ways. >> his agent has been contacted by the f.b.i. investigators looking into this doctor and what he's given different athletes. >> the all new and improved tiger woods. is it an all new and improved harry reid? he sat down with greta who flew out to his hometown of searchlight, nevada, talked about a whole bunch of stuff. harry made it very clear, wherever he goes, people tell him how much they love the new health care thing. they love it even though it gets a bad rap. >> because the allowed minority made a lot of noise, now that the legislation passed, it's amazing how much different people's attitude is. i mean, traveling on an airplane, people are so nice to me. >> would you like a coke, mr.
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reid? >> ok, that's an interesting way of phrasing it. i guess people only on airplanes like -- >> they could be the only time he interfaces with the public. i mean, he's got security around him all the time. >> that could be. he had some interesting comments with regard to that cornhusker kickback deal. you remember when ben nelson, the senator, only his state was going to get this wonderful kickback thing and a lot of people said that doesn't seem so fair. you know what ends up happening, everyone gets it. the only problem is we have to pay for it. >> the nebraska deal was terrific for our country. why do i say that? because now everybody has nebraska deal. every state in the union has nebraska deal. well, do you think it would be better that i let the bill fail? >> i mean, i don't -- >> you're speechless. >> speechless? >> i don't think -- this is the way it appeared to the american people is that this senator, senator ben nelson was for sale. that's the way it looked likes
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and it's a sale that the american taxpayers are paying for and many people didn't understand like why he got that? >> let me say this. i know that fox loves to berate anything that's democratic in nature. but let me just say this -- ben nelson is an honorable man. really a good senator. >> wow, ok. >> he voted against it. when all the chips were down, ben nelson was one of two senators in this whole thing in reconciliation said i don't think i'm going to vote for this thing. >> we forget about the total vote. only needed 51. right now, he's trailing big time, 54-39 to the loudon. he's trailing if he is the republican nominee by seven. and by the way, those nevadans that seem to love the health care package, according to the recent poll, 62% don't want it in nevada. that could be why his numbers are so low. >> there you go. even though you think that cornhusker kick back is a bad thing, according to harry reid
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it's a good thing. do you buy that? does that make any sense to you? >> no, of course it doesn't. a senator was for sale. he gives in. the vote changes, ok? and then everybody gets the same deal so everybody has to pay the same price. >> and it wasn't until their feet were held to the fire that everybody else got the deal because just nebraska was going to get it. >> look, private finances are doing ok in america. it's public finances that are an absolute mess. that's the truth. >> let's talk about the car industry and toyota took a big hit today in what respect? >> ok. transportation secretary ray lahood said toyota, you knowingly hid a dangerous defect. the sticking gas pedals. you're fined $16 million. the lawyers are going to have a field day with this. now, the government says you knowingly hid a dangerous defect. the lawyers have already sued. now they're going to say you covered it up. this could push toyota closer to a mass settlement of all these
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lawsuits and it will be very, very expensive. this is what could happen. >> one of the problems is the fact that they didn't have a recall months ago. they had to wait until it became a huge public outcry. the government says toyota, you should have reported this in five days. you took four months. that's a delay. you knowingly hid a dangerous problem. >> hold on, stu, because the government now owns most of general motors and chrysler. >> there is self-interest here. >> it is a conflict of interest, though, for the government to be fining toyota because some could argue, well, we kind of went them to go bye-bye maybe because we need our institutions to do well? >> yes, there's intense opposition to toyota from the politicians because we, the taxpayer, own 60 odd percent of general motors. general motors is a great competitor of toyota and also opposition from the unions. toyota is nonunion in the united states. general motors is fully union in the united states. >> it's interesting because originally, when the government took over general motors and
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chrysler, they wanted to use toyota as the model of dealerships and that's why they cuddled those dealerships they wanted to be like toyota. >> you know what? the public doesn't care. 40% increase in toyota sales in the month of march. you have gasoline approaching $3 a gallon so the prius is going to come back into favor. it never was really out of favor despite the problems with gas medals in the prius. it's now coming back in. here you have this fight between toyota, the government, the unions and the public stands back and says we don't care. we'll take the incentives and buy your cars. >> g.m. and ford, very good months and very good quarters and this is the one time that i think i've outdressed you. that suit looks new and well pressed but this is a brand new suit and i think i've done it. steve, you make the call. gretchen, go ahead. >> this is from an old fight between the two of you. like a suit you wore -- >> no, like my suit. i found it from other people. >> you both look handsome in your sartorial splendor.
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>> you're so cool. >> what does that mean, grech snen>> sartorial? >> only brits use those words. >> he used it. >> oh. brit hume -- >> coming up, three navy seals facing court-martial accused of punching one of the world's most wanted terrorists. president obama can make this case go away. he's not doing it. we talked to the fiancee of one of the seals next. >> this story is amazing. an a.t.v. rider falls 700 feet off the cliff and others go with him and you know what? they all survive. you have to hear this story to believe it. straight ahead. luci: i'm luci romberg.
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>> 14 minutes before the top of the hour. couple of quick headlines for you. two people remain in the hospital this morning seriously
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banged up after their a.t.v. plunged over a 700 foot cliff. it happened in massachusetts. firefighters say it appears they attempted to turn the john deerea.t.v. around near the top of the cliff and somehow tumbled over the cliff instead. nicollette sheridan suing the creator of "desperate housewives." the reason -- she claims mark cherry, that is, smacked her on the set. they say sheridan is suing for $20 million charging assault and wrongful termination. steve? >> the things that go on on wisteria lane. meanwhile, when the health care bill passed, it seemed to have tax after tax in it somewhere but there was one hefty tax break included that everyone can benefit from. it's a health savings account situation. they, health savings accounts are based on pretax income and may be the life line needed to make sure that health care is a success. so what are these accounts? joining us right now is that man right there, executive director
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of the bankers insurance association and director of the a.b.a.'s health savings accounts, council kevin mckecney. good morning to you. >> george bush came up with the health savings accounts in 2003. what are they? >> health savings accounts are paired with a high deductible health plan. it's the tax-free account that you put your money in to pay for incidental medical expenses and you're insured. partner to the health plan. >> if you had one of those, you would do what? >> you would save your money. it comes out of your paycheck tax free. it builds up tax free. when you go to the doctor, you would use the money in the account first until you reach your deductible. >> ok. here's the funny thing about that situation back in 2003, kevin. back then, democrats across the board hated this idea and did not want it to go through. >> that's absolutely true. i think there was a lot of anti-bush sentiment to any idea he put forward. this one, they were mistaken on and i think we've brought a lot of them around. >> kevin, let's fast forward to
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the last couple of months. you have personally -- you and your people have personally visited every member of congress twice to make them understand because originally, the administration wanted these health savings accounts axed. you tried to convince them what? >> we went and visited with all of these congressmen to point out that if you're going to order every american to buy insurance, you've got to have something affordable for them to purchase. the irony here is we may end up being the lifeboat for this entire plan. >> so these health savings accounts could actually help the new health care initiative go forward? >> i think so. because if you look at how the demographics work, so many people are going to be paying so much more money, you're going to end up having to find something where they can save money over time get the tax breaks that build the wealth. this is the only product that does it. >> how it all works and how george bush's ideas is actually in that plan. thank you very much for joining us live. >> thank you for having me. >> you bet. >> coming up, president obama could make this case go away.
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>> the court-martial will be held in baghdad for the other two guys and matt's will be held in norfolk in may. >> all right. so you probably can't talk that much about the case but here are the facts as we know them. apparently, three navy seals arrest a well known terrorist. alleged. the accusation is that they punched him in the face during that arrest. and now, believe it or not, these three brave americans who fight for all the rest of us every single day of their lives could go away to jail as a result? >> yes. that's correct. you know, it just is ridiculous as it sounds. >> the country is outraged, thankfully. now, i understand, too, for this proceedings, danielle, one of the people responsible for hanging those contractors up all those years ago when this war first started getting out of control and now it's under control, he's going to be a witness against your fiance? >> yes, that's correct.
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you know, it's basically his word against the word of these three navy seals that, you know, basically, you know, national heroes. >> but you did have a victory with the case last week, i believe it was, when the judge in the case determined that some of these other key witnesses that would help your case could be granted immunity so they'll be able to testify. they were also there to witness what happened. correct? >> yes, that's correct. and then matt passed the polygraph so that should help the case as well. >> danielle, i don't want you knee deep in politics but how much -- how important would it be for you so that the president just stand up to say i've heard enough of this. leave these guys alone. this trial is over. the president could step in and end this chaos. what are the chances of that happening? what would it mean to you and your family? >> i mean, it would mean a lot. i mean, i don't think people realize the effects that it has, you know, this isn't just going to court. this is affecting, you know, him on a personal level as well as his family and all the people
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that are close to him so it would be -- it would be huge. >> is it your understanding, danielle, that the president has the power to do that? >> yes. that's -- i believe so. >> danielle, what kind of message is that to the terrorists who understand what we can and can't do, that these navy seals would be in court with the guy they captured after two years of trying to track him down with a chance of putting him away. what kind of message is that to the terrorists? >> well, i think it sends a terrible message to the terrorists as well as to the people that are fighting for our country so it's a very confusing message. >> all right. many people in this country are thinking about those three navy seals as these court dates approach. daniel mercer, the fiancee of matt mccabe, thank you for being our guest. >> thank you. >> coming up in the next hour, update on the deadly mine explosion in west virginia that happened at 3:00 yesterday afternoon where four miners are still trapped and just moments, the governor joins us live. >> and he was kidnapped by
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pirates, held hostage on his own ship for five days. you remember this story. american captain richard phillips now telling his story to us.
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♪ kraft singles. the american cheese. >> good morning, everyone. thanks for sharing your time today. we start with a fox news alert. it's the worst u.s. mine disaster in 26 years. 25 miners now dead, four still missing. they could be trapped. the governor of west virginia will be with us live in just moments with the efforts to save those miners. >> and senator harry reid saying november is looking good to greta. >> the polls are fine. i'm not going to get into a poll battle because the only poll that matters is the one in november. >> what glenn beck has to say about polls. and harry reid when we come back. >> there you go. he was captured by pirates and kidnapped and held captive for days, captain richard phillips of the mersk alabama is here today with a new book about his
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heroic tale. our slogan comes from diane in texas. the alarm goes off and i hit the floor. hurry, where's the remote to find the program i adore? to lift my spirits and warm my heart. "fox & friends", gets my day off to a great start. >> good morning, everyone. overnight, we have found that 25 miners have died in that tragedy in west virginia. four are still missing after a mine explosion. it's the nation's worst mining disaster in 26 years. >> governor joe mansion is going to join us in just a couple of minutes live. but right now, we do have steve centanni not far from the site. what are they saying to the families today? because we know that four families are missing miners. >> right. four miners are missing and the families can hold out hope that
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their loved ones are the ones who are missing and may still be alive but we don't know if those four missing men are actually alive. they simply don't know where they are, what their condition is and that's what they're going to try to do later on today is get some more rescue crews back in those mine shafts, after they clear the air. that's the first challenge. the air back there is so bad with methane gas, it's toxic, and the visibility is very bad so the rescue crews that were in there overnight had to be pulled out. now, what they're going to do is drill from the shafts down from the top of the mountain down into the shaft where the explosion took place yesterday afternoon. and try to clear the air to ventilate that air so the rescue crews can go back in. in the meantime, as we said, there are those four missing that could still be alive. governor mansion talked to the media here a little while ago. here's a little bit of what he had to say. >> difficult situation. we're in a very difficult situation here and, you know,
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there's hopes and prayers and that's what we're clinging to right now. >> absolutely. and of course, this happens from time to time deep in the heart of coal country. four years ago, another mine disaster saw a dozen people's lives claimed by a methane gas explosion. this also was an explosion. they haven't said exactly whether it was a methane gas explosion but signs point in that direction. we'll be getting more on that from governor manchin as you said on our air in a few mun kni-- minutes and throughout the day as we update the situation. >> thank you very much. what they'll do is try to drill some holes down there and get the toxic air out so the rescue guys can go in. >> let's do your other headlines now. we have another fox news alert. the top military spokesman in baghdad is blaming al-qaida, that is, for a series of deadly explosions in the city this morning. at least 39 people were killed in the six enormous blasts that targeted apartment buildings. the official says the country is at war with the terror group. it's the fourth attack there in
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five days. president obama will announce major changes to u.s. nuclear policy today. under his plan, the u.s. would limit the circumstances in which it would fire nuclear weapons, even in self-defense scenarios. the only exception would be for rogue nations currently like iran and north korea. president obama tells "the new york times" that he sees the u.s. as the world leader in reducing nuclear arsenals. a small problem for space shuttle discovery. its big dish antenna has stopped working. that means astronauts can't beam pictures of the shuttle back to mission control. something they usually do to inspect for damage after liftoff. instead, astronauts will have to feed the pictures from a computer once they dock with the international space station and that will happen tomorrow. you're looking at a picture now of 16-year-old elan gonzalez. 16 years old decked out in a cuban military uniform. gonzalez showing his support for the country's young communist organization. you remember 10 years ago this month, federal agents raided his
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uncle's home in miami to return him to his father in cuba despite objections from his relatives in florida. his mother died while trying to reach the u.s. with her son. those are your headlines. >> look who is joining us on the big curvy couch today. >> how are you, glenn beck? >> good. good morning. >> a man of all mediums. >> that's me. >> the medium. >> you can just handle it. whatever it is. >> it was an extra large interview last night, greta sat down out in searchlight, nevada with actually, they stood opposite of each other in what looked like his rec room, harry reid's rec room out there and asked a whole bunch of questions regarding health care and the democrats and polls and stuff like that. we have one little snippett to play for you and we'll have glenn beck weigh in on it. >> we're doing fine. the polls are fine. i'm not going to get into a poll battle. the only poll that matters is the one in november. we're doing fine. even the latest polls put out by the newspaper which is -- runs an editorial every other day
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against me, shows that with the multiple candidates in the race, i win that election. >> me, worried? he's losing to every republican candidate. >> i think he'd be losing to a rock at this point. i mean, who really is thinking that harry reid is the leader that they need in the senate at this point? >> he's powerful in the senate. he's second in command. but what you're saying is in november, the voters in nevada will send him a different message. >> it depends on what all the union payoffs are going to do in the election. but i -- i think anybody who was part of this system in washington, that is, this incredibly out of touch, you know, he says, hey, look at the poll numbers now on health care and people are for it. what poll numbers? where? >> he said he talks to people on airplanes and everybody says they just love this health care thing. >> i mean, most people aren't going to talk to harry reid on an airplane.
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>> tea partiers are targeting harry reid in particular. here's what senator reid said about governor palin and supporters. >> i wanted to give a few remarks on the people here a week ago saturday. but i couldn't let go of my hand. you betcha. >> he's at a fundraiser poking fun at sara palin. democrats have to be careful how they demonize and marginalize the tea partiers. did you see that brand new gallup poll? 43% of tea partiers are independent. 43%. 8% are democrats. so a majority of tea party supporters are not republicans. >> the democratic party has decided that they're going to play right to their extreme
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base. not to their base. to their extreme base. they made the decision, we are going to be the radical, progressive party. well, that's not who america is. you know, but that's their strategy. what do they know that i don't know? i don't know. but i don't see america flocking to the radical progressive agenda. >> true. that may be why it's trouble for some moderate democrats. >> i will tell you, that i'm disturbed by the election process with harry reed, you know, coming after sara palin like this, our country has never been in more trouble than it is right now. i mean, at least in my lifetime. never been in this kind of trouble. don't we deserve to have a better dialogue than what we just saw? don't we deserve to have a better -- doesn't harry reid have some sense of responsibility to be able to say, look, you want to vote me out? vote me out, i did what i believe was the right thing.
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and have a serious dialogue instead of jokes about what's on your hand. >> well, let's talk about somebody who is having serious dialogue with one another and we're talking about that doctor in florida, the urologist that put the sign on his door saying if you voted for obama, don't come here for any services. and then the congressman grayson, alan grayson down who made some waves with health care in the last year said some crazy things by some accounts. anyway, he now wants to -- i said here is the -- >> you want a balance for the insane and the sane? he says -- >> i'm being fair and balanced here. but grayson wants his doctor to not be able to practice medicine anymore. >> what is this other than political speech? this is what the first amendment is supposed to protect. you're not supposed to be afraid of the government if you speak out against the government. i have three or is it four now,
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three advisors. advisors to the president of the united states who have targeted me through their groups for intimidation. please, we are losing our freedom of speech. here we have a doctor who says this is not good for my patients. he's not telling anybody i'm not going to turn -- he's not turning anybody. he's not refusing anybody. he has a right to say those things. who is congress now to intimidate and bully and say we're going to strip your license? >> i will say this, too many doctors kept quiet during this whole case and let the a.m.a. represent them and let the other people put on the lab coats and go to the white house. >> this doctor said, i don't know why more people aren't standing up and they better stand up soon. that's why they're trying to make an example of him. doctors, you better sit down. let me tell you something, you better stand up right now. >> glenn, no offense to you, but i was shocked to see the president brought you up again. you and rush limbaugh. >> first time he's ever mentioned my name. >> in the white house --
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>> what are your thoughts when that comes up that he's that aware of what you're doing and what's been going on? >> he's been very aware of what i've been doing for a very long time. >> you see president bush calling out keith oberman who ripped him every single night. >> i don't think -- i don't think this man has been presidential in many ways. >> thin skinned? >> oh, yeah, very thin skinned but beyond that, you notice that he said in that, he said, you know, these people, they make charges that i'm a socialist or a marxist but when you push them on it, they don't have any evidence. really? tonight at 5:00, the entire hour is let me lay it out for you, mr. president. in case you've missed all of the episodes, let me lay it out. but the real thing is not whether he's a socialist or a marxist, that doesn't matter. unless he's redesigning our system. then you need to know what does the architect believe?
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who is this man? what is his foundation? that's what matters. does it matter to america is it socialism or marxism matter? do we brace that or not? that's the question. we find out tonight. >> did you see what alan greenspan said. he said, you know, the c.b.o. numbers came out regarding health care reform when you talk about remaking america. and he said, you know, i think they're probably going to be a little higher than that. >> a little. >> but if they're really out of wack, it could destroy the economy. >> yeah. >> alan greenspan. c.b.o., good people. if their estimates are wrong, they're in trouble. >> if their estimates are wrong. listen, forget about the c.b.o. if their estimates are wrong. what are their estimates based on? >> the stuff the democrats gave them. >> yes. the stuff that the democrats say, we're going to cut this. don't worry, the doctor fix, that's out. >> no, it's not. they fix it every single year. >> right. >> what makes americans or alan greenspan believe that congress, anyone in congress will start to
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make the tough cuts that they've never made. >> right. but every member of congress put so much weight on what the c.b.o. was going to say. they all waited, many of them waited -- >> because americans have a short attention span. the america has fundamentally changed. we have changed what we used to accept, we no longer will because we see the end of the tunnel. we see it's wanot a tunnel. it's a roadrunner wall. >> if you have a good radio show, we deserve an assist. i'm sure it will be a great show. >> we've never had you do this. you want to do the read out? >> it was a story gripped the nation for days. hero captain -- i wanted to meet this guy. held captive by pirates for days to save his crew. captain richard phillips of the mersk alabama is here with his new book about his tale. next. >> you get to meet him. >> and governor manchin from west virginia on that mine disaster coming up next. 5%5%%%5%5%%%%%5$5$%$%$$$e$o$dc@é
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>> fox news alert right now. 25 miners are dead, four still missing after a mine explosion in west virginia yesterday. joining us now is west virginia governor joe manchin. good morning to you, governor. >> good morning. good morning, gretchen. >> i know it's been a long, hard night for you and you're turning into a very long hard day. 25 have died in the upper bay branch mine. four still missing. we listened to your press conference earlier and said it's going to be a long day because it will take a while to drill holes to see if, in fact, they could still be alive. right? >> right. we have three holes that need to be drilled. one has been drilling -- they're drilling one now. two others are getting set up to drill. they have to go about 1100 feet and they're going through two abandoned mines. that means they have to put pipe or casing down in which is a little slower process. they're telling me they don't expect to have that completed until sometime this evening. and we can't commence the
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recovery or the search, if you will, rescue until we know it's safe enough for the rescuers to go back in. that's what we're dealing with right now and it's going to be a long day. i told the families that. but i can assure you, there's no one leaving. >> governor, do you have any way of knowing? i know sometimes they have supplies down there in case something like this happens. do you have any way of knowing these four could be near those supplies judging by eyewitnesses of where they might be locate? >> we know there's a chamber we call rescue chamber and that can suffice for 96 hours of life support. we know there's one in that location but you just don't know. the bottom line is this is a horrific explosion unlike anything we've seen for quite sometime. and as you know, we have 25 that have perished. four that are missing. 11 have been identified. 14 have not been identified and with the four that's missing, you can just imagine the anxiety
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with the 18 families that are waiting to see if there's any hope and it's just a horrible situation. one family we had to notify and i notified had three. the mother had her oldest son and two grandsons. and they were all found together. >> absolutely. >> heartbreaking. >> governor, this particular mine had a history -- this company has had a -- is run by performance coal. this particular mine, though, had a number of problems with it. are you -- are you confident that it was safe to go in? >> well, here's what -- i don't know the specifics. i can assure you there's two different agencies which is the federal emca and the state which is the state inspectors, they are response i believe fible fo inspections. i've told every miner that if you see something unsafe, pull the plug. shut it down. i don't want anybody to be in unsafe conditions but these
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people are from west virginia and they're so dedicated, hard working, family oriented, god fearing people and they just work. they work hard. i can't tell you what happened. we'll find out. when we do, we'll fix it. >> i know you will. >> we can't allow this to continue. >> thank you very much for sharing it. and we'll stay in touch. thanks very much, governor. >> keep us in your prayers. >> all right. >> absolutely. >> thank you, governor. straight ahead on the show, the senate race is heating up in florida. america's mayor rudy giuliani is here with now he's backing with the g.o.p. candidate marco rubio. >> richard phillips, his heroic story told from his point of view, the one we've been looking forward to. ♪
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>> all right. welcome back. g.o.p. senate hopeful marco rubio down in florida is gaining ground in that state after picking up yet another important republican endorsement. former new york city mayor and 2008 presidential candidate rudy giuliani is backing mr. rubio but is mr. giuliani's endorsement just political payback, perhaps? he joins us live right now. good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm fine. the reason i say payback. back when you were running for president, charlie crist who is running against marco rubio could have endorsed you. he endorsed john mccain instead. >> that wouldn't occasion any sense of political payback. a lot of people endorsed john mccain. >> no hard feelings. >> no. i always tell the truth. he promised me he would endorse me. shook my hand. looked in my eye. >> charlie crist promised he would endorse you.
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>> twice. in front of my wife and did not. that leave the only ill feeling that i probably came away from the campaign with. not because he endorsed john. i endorsed john. i was happy when he finally endorsed john. i wanted john to be the nominee and what i -- >> your florida strategy blew up because he didn't enforce dors you. >> i take it very seriously if you give your word in politics, you keep your word. having said that, i wouldn't have gotten in this race if i thought there was a terrific candidate on the other side that even if charlie wasn't in the race, i would be endorsing marco. marco is exactly what florida needs. he's someone who understands the need for fiscal conservativism. he's someone that understands our position with regard to terrorism. and when i look at the both of them, i say who can i count on to stand against the obama-pelosi-reid march towards social democracy. can i count on charlie who embraced obama in words and deed, embraced the whole stimulus program, seems to be a
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very enthusiastic supporter of cap and trade. so can you trust him as a reliable republican -- yeah, reliable, sensible, conservative route because he goes to the -- >> so does a lot of other republicans, mr. mayor. you're pointing out what is a challenge for the republican party right now and you're seeing it play out in florida where in this primary, you have the conservative, marco rubio and then the more moderate republican, charlie crist. >> it depends on what you're more moderate about. all of us have our own, you know, priorities to what we think is important. i don't think it's the time to be moderate about spending money. i the time to be disciplined about spending money. i don't think it was time to be moderate about a stimulus program that to me was a false promise. it was a promise of creating jobs. it was a political payback to the democratic party. it's played out so it's really saved nothing but government jobs. we've lost a lot of jobs and when they do their job counteding, always watch how many government jobs they're counting as the jobs they created with stimulus. >> a lot. >> that's what it was all about. and you have to be some kind of
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a naive person in politics to think it's about stimulus. it added to the debt. i consider myself a fiscal conservative, a foreign policy conservative and on social issues, people would say i'm more moderate than the base of the republican party. that's who i am. i'm always going to be that way. if you're not a fiscal conservative and you move over on the other side of these issues and we have a good candidate that is, let's go with the one that is. if we didn't have a good candidate that was and charlie was the choice against the democrat, maybe i would say let's support charlie even though i have my own personal view of his, you know, breaking his word. but we have a much better candidate than charlie. >> that's why he's leading in the polls right now. >> 15% or 18%. >> thank you very much. always great to see you. >> that's a handshake you can count on. >> you were talking about money and now we'll talk about retirement money because all that money you've worked so hard to save up, the government may want to confiscate it.
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>> welcome back. about half past the hour on this tuesday. the most powerful man in the u.s. senate, majority leader harry reid back home in nevada doing what he can to help himself get re-elected. greta got a chance to talk with senator reid yesterday and asked about those folks unhappy about the health care bill and why he thought that was the case. >> because the loud minority made a lot of noise. now that the legislation passed, it's amazing how much different people's attitude is. i mean, traveling on an airplane, people are so nice to me. >> maybe it's a private jet. >> let's ask former speaker of the house newt gingrich about all this. he's general chair of american solutions. and has his own newsletter and
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is a co-host of a new documentary, "nine days that changed the world" about the pilgrimage in 1979 with his wife. good morning to you. >> good to be with you. >> what was your take on harry reid's assessment that all those people that he sees on airplanes love health care? >> well, i don't know if he's like nancy pelosi and flies in his own air force jet. but my general experience is that you don't have people walk up to you in an airplane and start attacking you very often or you're in really deep trouble. what harry ought to do is get in a car and drive around nevada where people are overwhelmingly opposed to hiring 16,000 i.r. s. agents as health police. they're opposed to a trillion dollar government-run program and they're deeply worried about the economy which, you know, larry summers, the president's chief advisor said on sunday that small business was in terrible shape. this is 15 months after they took office. and i think that the president's chief advisor on the economy
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admit they'd failed so decisively with small business that they're in terrible shape is something harry reid ought to be aware of when he goes back home. >> 62% of those nevadans are against the health care plan. something he may have to digest. for republicans, how important would it be for them to take out the speaker in november? excuse me, take out the majority leader in november? >> look, it's an enormous break if you can defeat the symbolic leader in the senate but i think the more important thing to republicans is we have a chance both in the house and senate virtually everywhere in the country. if this election is fought over high unemployment, high deficits, high interest payments going to china and saudi arabia, a terrible energy policy that cripples american energy. the fact that this administration is failing on jobs, going to have a huge tax increase next year, you list all the different things you can line up and i believe we have a chance to win an amazing number of house and senate seats. not just beat harry reid but
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elect mitch mcconnell, majority leader in the senate and elect john boehner speaker of the house. that's a realistic possibility that could happen. >> i want to ask you about something. there was a "business week" report says the treasury and labor department asking for public comment on a scheme it sounds like to convert 401k's and i.r.a.'s, it sounds like into some sort of retirement thing where you give the money to -- you give the money to the government. all the money you've saved your whole life and then they will dole it out over a period of time. what's up with that? >> you know, peter ferarro and i wrote an article about this because the house democrats held hearings on this idea last year. and i think it's a very dangerous idea. this is really a secular socialist machine that wants to take over your life. they want to take it over in health. they want to take it over in student loans. they want to take it over in virtually every aspect of our
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lives in energy, they want to take it over in terms of a proposal that they would, in effect, over time, abolish 401k's, migrate americans to a government-run program so the politicians would then have your money. you have the same thing if you look, there was a little notice provision in the health bill that establishes a brand new long-term care federal government program that could have as much as $70 billion by the end of the decade. no indication of how the bureaucracy will be run. no indication of the rules. could cost people as much as $2800 a year per person. everywhere you turn, these folks are really socialists and they're trying to expand government and shrink private choice and shrink the private sector. >> that certainly would be 180 degrees away from president bush's proposal with social security and allowing you to get control of your own destiny. all right, newt, always great to pick your brain on your thoughts. you're a smart guy. we always appreciate having you as a guest. thanks so much. >> good to be with you. thanks. >> good to have you.
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25 minutes before the top of the hour on this tuesday. we've got some headlines and a fox news alert. tragedy in west virginia. 25 miners are dead this morning. four are still missing after that mine explosion at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. it is the nation's worst mining disaster in 26 years. currently, rescue operations are suspended because of high methane gas levels in the mine and carbon monoxide as well. crews are drilling a hole in the rock to try to clear the air so they can go in and see if anybody is still alive. west virginia governor joe manchin joins us a little bit ago on "fox & friends" and he told us he's been speaking with the families. >> one family we had to notify and i notified had three, the mother had her oldest son and two grandsons. and they were all found together. just horrific. >> the mine is owned by massey
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energy and has a history of violations including 458 last year alone. it was cited for potential volatile coal dust, poor preshift inspections, ventilation problems, and escape route planning problems as well. >> the search continues this morning for khalia wilson. the 12-year-old was last seen on march 28th when they left her home to go to a friend's birthday party. authorities are asking the girl to come home if she can and assuring her she's not going to be in trouble. >> kayleah, we want you to know, we want to get you in here safe. we want to get you back to your family. you're not in trouble. we're not going to put you in jail or anything like that. so the point we want to make is no matter how much law enforcement and public involvement you see in this, you are the person we're trying to help. you're not in trouble. >> and there she is right there. meanwhile, in other news, "new york times" square turns deadly on easter night after suspected gang violence there left people hit by bullets.
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one person also shot by a b.b. gun. new york city mayor michael bloomberg says the new york city police department did the best they could under very trying circumstances. >> there's a bunch of people that think that it's cute to go out and to run around and to cause chaos and we've loaded the area up with police but they can't be everywhere. but we did arrest 45 people and we're not going to tolerate it. >> when asked if the city had pulled too many officers from the streets to fight terror, bloomberg only reiterated the city was not going to stand by and watch gangs behave that way. those shot are expected to survive. the gunman is still at large. >> sandra bullock is tear fired apparently that jesse james will try to kill her and then commit suicide. she's going ahead with the divorce petition and file it any second. the divorce papers include a restraining order against james. reporting that bullock has
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barely slept the past couple of weeks and is under 24-hour protection. send it over to brian. >> with that guy that glenn beck wants to meet. >> who doesn't? the world held its collective breath as captain richard phillips and his crew were held hostage by somali pirates, believe it or not, it was a year ago. it happened for three days. phillips was held alone on a small lifeboat before navy seals came to his daring rescue. he's regarded as a hero for the successful efforts to keep his crew safe. he says the navy seals are the real heros. he finally penned his story and it's a great one. the name of the book is called "a captain's duty." i've been dying to meet you. what a great job you did on this book. i could start anywhere but i'd like to start on the three days on the boat. when you're sitting there on the boat where you said take me, leave my crew, leave my ship and you end up on the lifeboat there. at what point did you say to yourself, my life is clearly in danger? >> well, it was actually four days and i never really said take me. i just gave them an option to
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get off my ship. my crew had made them worried about where their leader was. they were worried about someone coming to the rescue. i gave them the option to get off the ship and i helped them to get off. once i got in the boat, three of my four problems were solved. my crew, my cargo, my ship was safe. i had to worry about myself. but from the start of any piracy incident, from the very start, my crew was always in danger. stray bullet, they were shooting. anything could have happened. and indeed, people have died with attempted hijacks. >> you're on this boat and they have supplies there and you're able to help them and it's relatively amicable it seems in your book until you do something that took incredible guts and that is tried to escape. >> well, i had always expected to escape and actually, i was talking to myself on the next day, thursday and saying, why haven't i escaped yet? >> the voice in your head. >> yes, the voice in any head and i was actually saying what am i, a wimp? i haven't escaped yet and why am i there? preparing myself for a chance to
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escape. i felt confident getting into that boat i would be able to escape from them. i was wrong. >> you describe in detail what happened when you were brought into the boat. they tied you up and pounded you and you said thankfully these weren't big tough guys. they couldn't really hurt you that bad, with their fist? >> they tried. i would cover up and they would hit me with the butt of their pistol, slapping me, kicking me, they were very irate that i didn't go through the proper procedures of a hostage. they were incensed that i would try to escape from them. >> you describe in detail about those moments on the boat where it looks at one time, one or two times you were going to be killed. you don't know what happened. you felt blood coming down. tied you up tight, in a lot of pain. when you finally realized they were negotiating and going to try to pull you out of this, instead of being fearful or being good, you seemed to get angrier and angrier. >> well, i had told them in the boat, that we would never pay a ransom. united states doesn't pay ransom. and i told them we're all going to die in this boat.
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that that's the way it was. so they were crazy to try to think of getting a ransom. i didn't know what was going on with the ransom. they would talk to an interpreter and they were in somali for most of that talk on the radio. >> the time just bring us through the moment where they take -- the pirates are taken out. you didn't know if they were shooting each other or shooting you. you hear the shots. and then you hear what voice? >> well, i heard strange voice. american voice that said through the hatchet, are you all right? and i said yeah. and then the seal in the boat came down the forward hatch and then we went out the afta hatch to the boat they had. >> harrowing details all chronicled in "a captain's duty, dangerous days at sea." thanks so much. >> thank you. >> your description of your dad is vince lombardi in a bad mood is interesting. nice way to grow up. tea party movement still may seem like a mysterious group of extreme protesters to many. what does the tea party really look like? peter johnson jr. has a sketch. imagine being at thirty thousand feet with a plane full of kids.
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>> this is fox news alert. tragedy in west virginia. 25 miners are dead. four still missing after a mine explosion. 3:00 yesterday afternoon. the town in west virginia. it is the nation's worst mining disaster in 26 years. >> joining us is the administrator of the mine safety and health administration, the federal agency in charge now probably of looking into what happened. is that correct? will you be investigating? >> ultimately, we will be investigating. naturally, we're still in a rescue mode but in time, there will be a full investigation. >> all right, we understand that -- and we heard from the governor earlier that what they'd like to do -- right now, there are all these toxic and noxious gases down there, a combination of methane gas and also of carbon monoxide. at this point, we don't know whether or not it was a build-up of methane gas that caused the explosion.
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but methane gas is a terrible problem in this mine, isn't it? >> methane is very explosive. it's -- you can't smell it. and it's -- you can see the destruction that it causes. >> all right. right now, you're in charge of the rescue mission because as we've been reporting this morning, 25 have died but four are still unaccounted for. so what you're going to try to do is drill a hole into the mountain to try to get clean air down there in case they're still alive. >> well, that's the plan. we have bulldozers and that was something that was brought in earlier in the evening before we even knew we would need it. it was preparation work. we didn't know if things would not work out under ground and we knew another alternative was to try to attack it from the surface. so a bulldozer will be clearing the way to an area where bore holes will be put into the mine and we'll be sucking the air out of the mine until we see clear air coming out and then that gives us confidence in sending rescue workers underground into a clean atmosphere.
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>> yeah. kevin, that's reminiscent of what they did with the mine a couple of years ago, not far from there. and i remember that taking a number of days. do you have any idea how long this particular operation will take to bore that hole down to where the men may be? >> well, it's about 1,200 feet to drill down from the surface into the mine. we have to go through a couple of abandoned coal seams which takes a little more time and we're going to do it as quickly as possible but just a rough guess of maybe two days. >> the administrator of the mine safety and health administration, the federal agency right now in the rescue mission, eventually the investigative mission. thank you for being our guest. >> you're quite welcome. >> and the important thing about, they can get the hole down there in two days is they have supplies down there with enough oxygen for four days. it's a race against the clock. >> coming up next, you know who this guy is, richard roper. guess what he did this time around. he's going to reveal why he
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>> all right. imagine if you could do this. gamble over $1,000 a day for 30 days straight on just about everything, poker, the races, even a coin toss. our next guest did just that all on purpose. >> you know him as film critic richard roper and that's what his name is. he details his experiences in "bet the house, how you gambled a grand a day for 30 days." how much do you have left? >> let's put it this way, i'm talking to you guys. if i would made millions, i would still be in bed right now. >> all right. so the idea for the -- >> we're the consolation prize, huh? >> you would go out and gamble
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$1,000 a day. your own money? >> absolutely my own money. >> it was your own money. you're a single guy, aren't you? >> yes, i am. if i started off as a married gieshgs i would have ended up a single guy. it was important to gamble with my own money. if not, you're risking some money you got from a publisher or whatever. >> it wasn't a hypothetical. this was your cash. >> it was my cash. that's a good point. it was my cash. >> you have any experience in any of these venues? >> yeah, you know, i've played poker and black jack for years so i've been fascinated by the culture of gambling how the government sometimes says this is illegal but other forms are legal. it's a hypocritical aspect to it as well. >> what did you conclude from this? is it a skill or truly gambling? >> a lot of forms of gambling, they should call it losing. the slot machines, you see the signs up by the casinos, 97 prz return on the slots. they're bragging that you're going to lose money. they're telling you for every $100, you'll get $97 back. those are the forms you have to stay away from. play the games where there's
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some skill involved, black jack, poker, thing like that. >> the thing about the one armed bandits, though, you see the picture of the retiree holding the big check for $98 million and you go, it happens! it could be me. >> exactly. that's the thing. people are buying the dream. when they play slots and buy a lottery ticket, it's as much for the fantasy of what they'd do than the actual chance of winning which is very, very small. >> you went through a serial moment almost when you won 20 grand on a single horse race. so do you understand how people could get addicted to this? >> absolutely. especially doing this for 30 straight days. you have the moments where you think i can do this. i'll never have to work again a day in my life. the gods of fate and odds will remind you eventually and realize you're going to lose. that's the thing. i realize gambling can be a problem for people especially in this economy. i talk about at one point i was in a casino, it was so crowded. you hate to see people gambling money they should be using to put food on the table and pay bills. >> the president says don't go to las vegas, remember? harry reid loved that. let me ask you something, richard, what should people take
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away from your book since you won't tell us how much you won or lost, what should people take away from this? >> you have to keep it in perspective like anything else and too much of it, never gamble money that should be spent somewhere else. it should be a luxury. not something you're trying to do to pay the bills, to get out of debt, to try to double your money. it's never going to work if you try to do that. >> going forward, will you ever step into a casino again? >> it's going to be a while, i think. i think it's -- i'm breaking even right now by not gambling. >> ben is saying i can't believe i'm in his book. >> got the break he deserved. >> the book is called "bet the house." always a pleasure. have a safe trip back to chicago. >> he looks so comfortable on the couch. he's fighting for his political life in nevada. is he resorting to petty politics? >> getting nixed at one ivy league university. why the school is cracking down now.
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>> gretchen: good morning, everyone. we start today with a fox news alert, tuesday, april 6, 2010. thank you for sharing your time. a race against the clock. miners killed and some survived. >> steve: the students accused of bullying a young teen until she killed herself in court today. weighing hear from the family spokesperson of phoebe of what they want to happen to officials. >> brian: it turns out the people who threw eggs at a tea party bus during a peaceful march are associated with senator reid. >> steve: welcome on this
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tuesday morning, fox news alert. 25 miners are dead, four are still missing after an explosion at a mine in southwest west virginia. it's the nation's worst mining accident in 26 years. joining us right now from the site near the mine in west virginia, steve centanni. >> good morning. a tragic situation here yesterday afternoon around 3:00 o'clock. a huge methane gas explosion rocked the inside of this mine here, killing 25, at least 25, possibly as many as 29 of the miners inside. we know that because 25 have been confirmed dead. 11 of the bodies have been pulled out and identified. four people are still missing. we don't know if they're dead or alive. you can imagine the agony of the families of the miners here, not knowing whether they're alive or not, whether they might have found shelter in a rescue chamber outside the mine, where
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they can get fresh air and food. we simply don't know. the governor told me a little while ago, that is the supreme agony of the families here today because they know that 25 of their fellow workers are dead. the four unaccounted for, chances are not great and the families probably know that. here is a little of what the governor told news his news conference. >> this was a horrific explosion, unlike anything we've seen for quite some time. and as you know, we have 25 that have perished, four that are missing. 11 have been identified. 14 have not been identified and with the four that's missing, you can imagine the anxiety with the 18 families that are waiting to see if there is any hope. >> so what they're doing now is drilling air vents down from the top of the mountain down into
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the these mine shafts to try to release the methane gas and the toxic air from inside so the rescue workers can come in horizontally, one, two, three miles inside the mountain and move incrementally closer as the air gets fresher and fresher and try to figure out what happened to those four missing men, whether they might be dead or alive. back to you guys. >> steve: all right. we thank you very much. there is a guy named benny wingingham who was 62 years old, he was about to retire in a couple of weeks. he was planning on taking his wife on the cruise they had planned their whole life for. he's one of the guys who died yesterday. >> brian: on the shift change. >> gretchen: 24 history stories like that. let's do the rest of the headlines. a violent morning in baghdad, takes the lives of at least 45 people. a car bomb exploded in the market area, killing six people. that comes hours after a series of deadly explosion killed 39 other people. it targeted apartment buildings
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and officials blame al-qaeda. in an hour and a half, president obama will host an easter prayer breakfast at the white house. yesterday he hosted the easter egg roll. christian leaders from across the country are expected to join in to pray, reflect and celebrate the holiday. during the gathering, president obama plans to highlight the important role that christian organizations play in serving our country. we're getting a sneak peek at the defense of michael jackson's doctor. conrad murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death. prosecutors say he administered a lethal dose of the drug. but his attorney is see it is differently. >> a conclusion was made and the investigation was conducted in order to back it up. >> you're saying the police were too quick to blame your client? >> i think it was easy. >> gretchen: dr. murray was in court where a judge has -- was assigned to his case. one ivy league school is
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banning all romantic relationships between professors and students. according to the alumni magazine, professors cannot engage in sexual relationships with any undergraduate student. until now, they were banned with immediate students. students are surprised. the deputy provost has been pushing for this since 1983. >> brian: one headline we have not talked about, but i know you're talking about today and will be more, and that is our new nuclear policy. yes, since the atomic bomb, we have had the nuclear policy. we share that title and about to come down to low levels and change our policy of when and if we will ever use nuclear weapons. guess what? if you don't have nukes and you have bio or chemical weapons, don't worry, we will not nuke you back. policy has changed. >> steve: it's all -- the pat would like to make nuclear weapons obsolete. clearly this is some sort of symbolic gesture to put pressure
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on china and russia to lower their stockpiles. if we're going to do it, they should do it, too. we have to trust them. why would we trust russia and china? especially now, given the fact -- did you see the story about all the cyber attacks coming out of the country of china? >> brian: not a nuclear owe phones. >> steve: it's not. it's just -- it could be financial, it could be catastrophic to our infrastructure computer wise, but why should we trust them? >> gretchen: it all comes at the same time when we know darn well that iran and north korea are making nuclear weapons. so guess what? in this new strategy in policy, there is an exception to the rule. those two countries, for now, classified as rogue nations, will be written out of the policy. in other words, there is a special carving out amendment in this new nuclear strategy that says oh, yeah, iran and north korea remain nuclear threats. it's a very difficult and dicey situation here, but i think it may be sending the wrong message to those two countries. >> brian: i think it is. right now we're going to pledge
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not to develop any new systems. we are going to cut down our nuclear arsenal, along with the russians, because they always live up to their words, so i know it will work out great. we'll cut ours 30%. we'll announce it next thursday, at which time for the first time, it eliminates much of the ambiguityity that has existed in america's nuclear policy since the opening days of the cold war. once again, telling everybody when, how and where we will use our nuclear weapons and by the way, we're not going to modernize. so we're out of the game. >> gretchen: why would we also announce to the rest of the world that if you attack us with a biological weapon, we're not going to respond? >> brian: what about the countries counting on us to be the nuclear umbrella? it's contracting a little bit. the reality, the real world, which means mutual destruction
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has kept us alive. >> steve: are we giving our enemies a tactical -- let's talk about something you've seen on blogs and seen here. tea party express is now traveling across the country. yesterday they were in shoes -- lane louis. a couple days they were in nevada. it's interesting, i think i saw this, as the tea party express bus pulled in, it was pelted with eggs. you see one right there. it's interesting now, apparently they have identified who some of the egg throwers are, turns out they're supporters of harry reid. in fact, the member of the ibew, the international brotherhood of electrical workers, a big union. >> gretchen: i thought that it was the tea party people who were the violent ones? ha, ha. just joking. i mean, hasn't that been the theme and the attack that it was
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the tea party members themselves who were the ones who were being violent. i understand that some of these reid supporters were directing the tea party people in the wrong direction so they were not going to get to the actual rally that they were trying to get to. >> gretchen: at this point we all have a gps. so irresponsible. >> gretchen: we know how to work it. >> brian: we're going to a tea party, we should have one. let's talk a little about governor reese sat down, if go to greta's web site, the continued interview. but last night, some segments were aired of senator reid sitting down with greta van susteren. here is greta actually seeing this is harry reid talking to supporters about governor palin who came to his hometown to protest. >> i want to give a few remarks on people who were here a week ago saturday. i couldn't write it all on my hand. [ laughter ]
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>> gretchen: as somebody who grew up in minnesota who said you bet, which ha, say it right. >> steve: harry did sit down with greta when harry met greta, yesterday in searchlight and greta had all sorts of questions for him about, you know, you rammed this health care thing through and there are a lot of people who don't like it and he was talking a little bit about as well the public support for it. anyway, here is a little snippet of the senate majority leader on why health care is getting a bad rap. >> because the loud minority made a lot of noise. now that the legislation passed, it's amazing how much different people's attitude is. i mean, traveling on an
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airplane, people are so nice to me. >> steve: yeah. well, the people on the airplane might be nice to you, but there are a lot of people across this country who are really angry about this great big health care hulabaloo. we were talking about the tea partiers. o'reilley last night had the statistics from a brand-new gallup poll that shows, as you look at who makes up the tea party, apparently 43% of tea party people say that -- do you consider yourself a supporter or opponent of the tea party? this is a gallup poll, 28% say supporters. 26 is an opponent. 38 neither. i was actually talking about a different poll. 43% of independents, the tea party say they're independents. 8ers say they're democrats. 51% of the people in the tea party movement are not
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republicans. >> brian: harry reid should keep in mind, he's trailing a lot to a would-be republican challenger. to louden, over just about 9 points. and another opponent, trailing by 7 points. he's got to find a way to close a gap. it widened since health care passed. >> gretchen: coming up, nine students facing charges of bullying a girl until she took her own life. school officials are not facing any charges, though. we'll talk to the family spokesperson about that next. >> steve: and three navy seals face a court-martial, accused of punching a terrorist. why isn't the president stepping in to defend these guys? the fiance of one of those seals reacts to that straight ahead on this tuesday.
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>> gretchen: she was harassed until she took her own life.
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now the nine students behind the bullying of 15-year-old phoebe prince have been charged for the girl's death. should school officials be facing a similar fate? a spokesperson for phoebe prince's family joins us now. thank you for joining us, luke. >> you're welcome. thank you. >> gretchen: i know your son was a study partner of phoebe, so you knew this type of behavior was happening to her at school? >> i didn't know personally, but it's apparent that there were a lot of people when knew and this went on for months. >> gretchen: so one of the things that phoebe's father wanted you to do as a spokesperson for their family was deliver a message to the superintendent. what was that message? >> there has been a lot of vicious rurals going around and the reason is from shear lack of leadership on behalf of these men. one of those rumors, we brought to phoebe's dad last friday and he had a message to send back.
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that message was that he wants the superintendent, the principal and the chamber -- excuse me, the chairman of the school committee to stop disgracing his daughter's memory and stop disgracing his family's good name. >> gretchen: i know today these young kids, teen-agers, will be arraigned for the death of phoebe. she ended up hanging herself after what some say was months and months of torture and bullying at the school. do you feel that the teachers who were involved in this case should also face criminal charges? >> no, i don't. as i've said right from the beginning, there has been a failure here. that failure is from the top on down. these men were deemed to know what was going on and as a district attorney said, she said after 3 1/2 months this went on for this girl, that they all should have known. that's kids being arraigned
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today, this could have been prevented for them, too, because no one told them when to stop. >> gretchen: so who do you hold responsible if the teachers, you do not hold responsible, you hold the superintendent solely responsible? >> no. the principal, he's the captain of that ship. he knew what was going on and so did the superintendent. the prince family went to the school administrators at the beginning of september and told them that phoebe was susceptible to bullying, that they were to keep a close eye on her and give her regular counseling. no counselors reached out to her for three months. >> gretchen: i accepts your ager and frustration. any parent watching right now could not envision this ever happening to their family. but speaking of parents, what should the responsibility be for the parents who now have these kids charged in this young girl's death? >> i can only speak for the families that i've had the privilege of knowing over the years. if they had known, if somebody
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had just notified them what was going on, they would have told their kids to stop. but no one told them to stop. gretchen, if i give my kid a curfew to come home at 11:00 o'clock at night and he comes home at 11:15, the next night it's going to be 12:00 o'clock, the next night it's going to be 1:00 a.m. then 2:00 a.m. and i'll be getting ga call from the police if that happens, i have no one to blame but myself. >> gretchen: we will continue to follow this case closely for our viewers. thanks for being our guest today. >> thank you, gretchen. >> gretchen: coming up, the time installment of our series, america's housing crisis. you've been sending us your mortgage questions via e-mail and today we have the answers for you right after this break.
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>> steve: welcome back. 23 minutes after the top of the hour. government wants to slap toyota with a $16 million fine for waiting to tell people about safety problems with their products. this would be the largest civil penalty against an auto maker ever by the government. toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles world wide. it has two weeks to accept or contest the penalty. but says it still hasn't even been notified. we're telling you. nicolette share dna suing the creator of desperate housewives. she claims mark cherry smacked her on the set. tmz says she's suing for $20 million, charging assault and wrongful termination. o'brien, there is trouble on wisteria lane. >> brian: i'm right behind you. in part 4 of our series, we've
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broken down how we got into the current real estate mess and what you can do to pull yourself out. many of you have questions of your own, which is why we booked the guy up right now. bob massi is here to answer some of your e-mails and hopefully some of your questions. what's happening? let's start right away. >> sure. >> brian: this e-mail is from a lovely man, it is -- excuse me a woman. this is tim. we're just begin the short sale process that is not our primary residence. who determines and accepts the sale price if the offer is less than the amount owed and if accepted, does the mortgage company have any recourse against us for any balance? >> let's remember what a short sale is. you owe 400, the present value is 200, somebody decides to offer 200. the lender makes the decision and they will decide if they're going to accept the $200,000. they have a formula they follow. here is your exposure on a short sale as we talked last week. if, in fact, it's bought for
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200, you could be held responsible for the deficiency between 200 and 400,000. that's why short sales have to be negotiated properly. if you don't do that, you could still sell the house, there is only three people happy. the realtor, lender and buyer. you could still be held responsible. be careful with a short sale. good thing, but it's got to be negotiated the right way. >> brian: morian rights. we've been working with a debt management to pay off our mortgages. i was told that the debt management is considered chapter 13. no mortgage company will work with us until we get out of it. is this true? >> here is a story, debt management companies, what they do is they basically help you pay back the loans. they structure the way you pay things. as a result of that, lenders look upon it almost what we call defacto chapter 13, as if you're in a bankruptcy. as a result, you're literally punished for doing that. it shouldn't be that way.
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there are good countries that are able to get around that, but the bottom line is, you have to be careful and understand the debt management is good, but these lenders, because of the fact you're not able to pay it back the way they want it, they look at you as a risk. >> brian: wow. i'm 62, says bogey. and have been unemployed for about a year and a half. i had a good job, good mortgage, no credit card debt and my payments were always on time. now my bank will not talk about loan modification and they financially punish the ones that ask for it. i've drained my ira to the point of no return. should i look at foreclosure or just walk away? >> one of the things we want to tell our viewers that the information given out is based on limited information that we have. but say that, all of us have to make the decision do they want to basically cut loose and say, look, the present value of my home is so much under water that to spend good money after bad doesn't make sense. it becomes at some point a business decision. the one thing that i hate that i see is, people are draining
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their ira's, people are basically taking credit cards and barter against it to keep their home payment current. at some point, all of us have to decide as much as we want to keep our home, if it's not a good business decision, if it doesn't make sense, then you have to make a tough decision. but you should get good advice before you make that kind of decision so you know the consequences of the decision you're going to make. >> brian: if you're in las vegas, go see bob massi. that's always good advice. thanks, we'll continue our series. meanwhile, straight ahead, at least four people trapped, possibly alive in a west virginia coal mine after a deadly blast killed 25 others. we're going to talk to family members of those who passed away. they say they want answers. it was supposed to be a night of fun when a group of friends hopped on their atv. but this adventure turned into a nightmare when they fell 700 feet off a cliff. that story coming up. plus, how do you despoil a spoiled brat? why not send them to the slums
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of india. hear how a mom and daughter changed the lives of others and their own in the process. that story straight ahead.
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>> steve: 25 are dead and four still missing after that mine explosion rocked west virginia. the governor and others this morning talking to us about the safety of that particular mine. >> i have told every miner since
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the horrible tragedies we've had that also, if you see something unsafe, pull the plug, shut it down. i don't want anybody to be in unsafe conditions. >> steve: at this point we don't know whether or not it was a build up of methane gas that caused the explosion. but that's a terrible problem in this mine, isn't it? >> methane is very explosive. you can't smell it and you can see the destruction that it causes. >> brian: joining us is the owner and the managing editor of mine safety and health news, ellen smith. ellen, from what you know, is this a situation that was avoidable? >> well, we know that the mine had ventilation plant violations and they had six violations since january.
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the last ventilation violation was on march 30. so was it avoidable? obviously something was going on with the ventilation in that mine. i hate to say that something was avoidable, but accidents do have causes. i mean, right? something happened. >> gretchen: ellen, bring us through this 'cause you're the expert. if they had these violations and then didn't fix them, they would face penalties or what would happen? >> well, they had to fix them. the mine would not continue operating with ventilation violations. and what they were cited for was not being able to dilute and carry away the methane, they had accumulation of combustible materials. they would have had to clean that up. but the fact that there were so many of these violations since january and the fact that msha had an ongoing presence at that mine tells me that they were
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being somewhat hyper vigilant and watching over that mine and there were problems that they were trying to correct. >> steve: let's talk a little about the company. this particular mine was run by performance coal, which is a division of massey energy. massey energy is one of the nation's biggest coal producers. they've got kind of a spotty safety record. is it a safe company, ellen? >> massey in general had an excellent safety record last year. we've watched their performance in safety increase. they won three awards last year. however, this particular mine is incredibly troubling. they had 50 unwarrantable failure violations last year. that's an elevated enforcement action taken on the part of the government. and i've not seen any other mine with 50 unwarrantable failure violations in one year. they've had six so far this year. something is going on at that mine. >> gretchen: it's a very sad story today for all those
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families who have lost 25 loved ones, four still missing. ellen smith, thanks for your expertise and analysis. >> thank you. >> brian: right now, they are drilling in the hope of getting to them and finding signs of life. >> steve: you know, it sounds like it was methane gas that was probably what exploded. the eagle coal scene, which is underneath the mine right there, releases up to 2 million cubic feet of methane gas into that mine every 24 hours. 2 million. so you need a lot of ventilation. >> brian: much more going on right now throughout the world. how about this, let's talk republican party. the rnc chief of staff is stepping down in the criticism from last month's nightclub scandal. but rnc chair steele stands firm and insists he's not going anywhere. they reimburse add tab at a hollywood strip club. the staffer who approved the tab
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fired. the rnc implemented new spending accountability procedures. officials say he was not at the club, had no knowledge of the expense. >> gretchen: two people are in the hospital seriously banged up. but they're alive after their atv plunged 700 feet over a cliff. it happened in massachusetts over the weekend in complete darkness. it appears they attempted to turn it around at the top of a cliff and accidentally tumbled over that ledge. the other four victims also doing okay. >> steve: meanwhile, three navy seals are accused of assaulting a terrorist and now they're facing a court-martial for their actions. daniel mercer, the fiance of matthew mccabe, joined us earlier and she says the president, barak obama, should just step up and end this chaos. >> it would mean a lot. i mean, i don't think people realize the effects that it has. this isn't just going to court. this is affecting him on a personal level as well as his family and all the people that
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are close to him. it would be huge. >> steve: that's an understatement. but there could be a possible breakthrough in the case. two witnesses who will contradict what the terrorist says will be allowed to testify. >> brian: 23 minutes before the top of the hour. there are more concerns that the drug trade is helping fund the taliban al-qaeda as well as in iran. geraldo rivera is in afghanistan. i saw some of the stuff over the weekend where you saw poppy fields just beyond one door. where are we at right now with eradicating this crop? >> this is the world center for the growing of opium. i think that the parallels between what's happening in afghanistan and what's happening in the south american nation of columbia are exact. this is the town of nosad. it was a town of 10,000 people.
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it was completely deserted because the people feared the taliban. the taliban moved in here. they planted opium throughout this valley and now we come back and in a sense with the victims that are unsuccessful, this is captain press letter and lieutenant craig brian. you came in, you routed the taliban out of here, but now you have a crop of opium growing here. what can you do about it? >> we found many ways we are to some degree victims of our own success. having been vacated in terms of general populous for much of the past four years, being largely a taliban stronghold, bringing the population back and establishing government is quite a challenge. the scope of the problem sets involved are -- >> are you going to destroy this opium? >> not this season. when the government -- the
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government is in its infancy here. it's only existed for a few months. in fact, when the farmers throughout the valley planted the poppy seed several months ago, there was no government. because now they've succeeded at a more rapid pace than initially anticipated, the professional government and national government hadn't really planned to facilitate an exchange for alternative crop. >> i read you. there is the dilemma. there is no government here, they grew the poppy. they fear if they destroyed the poppy, they'll turn the local populous even more against the u.s. troops than they are right now. let me tell you, i think i've lost communications with you. >> brian: we're still here. >> now i can hear you are. brian, we have million dollars vehicles protecting our marines. they are wonderful, they have really cut down on the number of casualties being suffered by our marines. but our enemy is blowing up or damaging these vehicles, causing
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hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage and i want the lieutenant to show you what the deton airport looks like a bag of fertilizer, 15 bucks worth, 9-volt battery and that's the detonator. >> it's a simple mechanism. close ago circuit. metal on metal and then you get a death tonnation after. it tends to cause just damage to the vehicles. they're well put together, well designed. and it is a half million dollars to million dollars vehicle, but the damage it causes just basically is a nuisance to the marines and causes more work for those young enlisted marines and supervisors after. >> a nuisance to the marine, but a burden on the taxpayer, again, that's the fight here in afghanistan. the marines are kicking butt. >> brian: can you ask them who they want to say hello to? >> oh, yeah. you want to give a shout out?
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jason is actually the fireman from new york. >> absolutely. i'd like to say hello to my brothers back in the bronks in tremont avenue. good morning to the brothers on tremont avenue. >> my family and fiance in amanda. colorado, texas and missouri. >> they really are doing a job here, but what we do about this poppy, i think will be a big challenge for president obama and the rest of the administration. we've got a real challenge, a real dilemma, a paradox on what to do, do we do it and make enemies or leave it in and help feed the junkies of the world with heroin? >> brian: i'm thinking tomatoes and readyishes. that's what i'm hoping. thank you so much. >> used to be wheat and cotton. >> brian: thanks to those guys for their service and everybody else surrounding them. meanwhile, coming up straight ahead. >> gretchen: your right to vote
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in jeopardy? one city taking away that right from people who want to improve their homes. it's a crazy story, but we have it for you next. >> steve: how do you unspoil a spoiled rotten kid? send your child to the slums of india, of course. we're going to talk to a parent who did just that, along with her daughter, straight ahead on "fox & friends."
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>> steve: welcome back. property owners in the san diego area looking to improve their homes are being forced to choose between paying a major fee for the renovations and giving up their right to vote on future property assessments. giving up the right to vote, i said. it happened to our next guest, craig, he wanted to make his house bigger for his grandkids and joins us from san diego. as i understand, you are in
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carlsbad city. right? carlsbad, california? >> yes. >> steve: and when you went to the town planners and said, i'd like to add this two bedrooms, a family room, a bathroom, what do they say? >> well, of course first they wanted a normal permit fee and then wanted us to pay 4 or $5,000 to the school district and then wanted us to hire an architect and we didn't need one. but that cost 9,000. then they said that we need to pay them $115,000. >> steve: what was the $115,000 for? >> they claim it's for infrastructure costs that are somehow in their mind, related to our putting a second story on. >> steve: craig, that is just a big fat lie because didn't somebody tell you, we're not even going to build a new sidewalk around your place? >> yes, they did. they said if we were to give them $115,000, that they would not put a sidewalk in front of just our home. they would wait until who knows
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how many years and then when they got everyone into this scheme, they would put sidewalks in. >> steve: additionally, they said or you could give up your right to vote on future property assessments and everything else. >> yes. i don't think it surprised me very much, but i balked at paying them $115,000 and so they brought out what they call a neighborhood improvement agreement and insisted we sign that. that agreement then gave up our right to vote. >> steve: that's what you did, you signed that 'cause you didn't have the money. the 100,000 bucks, plus you wanted to build on to your house. so now i know it's tied up in the courts right now and the 9th circuit is going to listen to this. but it seems to me, number one, it's a shake down and number two, it's a poll tax, and both those things are illegal. >> i agree with you 100%. we've been fighting that battle
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now for at least two or three years. >> steve: okay. well, it is shocking that the government can do that kind of stuff to individual property owners. craig, we thank you very much. keep us posted on your progress against the city of carlsbad. thank you. >> thank you. >> steve: coming up, we'll talk to the family of a miner killed in the deadly blast in west virginia yesterday. and do you have a spoiled kid? you're going to want to stick around. meet the mom who sent her daughter to india and the slums to teach her a lesson. the daughter joins us as well. right now let's check in with martha mccallum to look at what's coming up in 11 minute. >> hello. good morning to you. we've got a big story coming up on america's newsroom. the president is about to announce his new strategy for our nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. how will it impact our readiness in this age of growing nuclear threat to our nation? it is raising eyebrows. we'll talk about that when bill
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and i join you at the top of the hour.
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>> gretchen: fox news alert. we've been following this grim story, the worst mining accident in 26 years, 25 miners have died. four are still missing after an explosion at the mine in southern west virginia. joining us from near the mine is the family of one of the victims, bobby and jeannie singer. jeannie's brother passed away yesterday. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> gretchen: i can't imagine the grief that you're going through right now and the shock of losing your brother, jeannie. what was the word yesterday when this accident happened? you knew your brother was down in the mine?
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>> yes. >> gretchen: and has he been one of the bodies that has been identified? >> yes. >> brian: tell us a little bit -- >> gretchen: tell us about your brother. was this his life long achievement working in the mine? >> yes. he worked over 30 years in the mine and he was a very, very hard worker. he loved the mines for some reason. >> gretchen: that's what we hear so much from families and people who make this their life's work. i want to talk to your -- is it your brother as well who is standing next to you? >> my husband. >> gretchen: your husband. all right. how do you choose to come back down to the site there today? >> we came for benny. we want the word out that -- how great a person benny was.
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he was a man of god, a great christian man, great family man. the more you know about west virginia people, the more you'll find out that there is no more loving people than the people of west virginia and even the families that we're not kin to, we consider them family, especially the coal miners. another message i'd like to get out is benny's wife, edith, is sitting at home on the couch. hasn't been asleep shins heard the word. she has yet to be contacted by massey corporation, has yet to receive one phone call from an official at massey. >> gretchen: that was going to be my next question to you, jeannie, is whether or not you, as the sister of your brother, have you heard from the company? >> no. no. we came down last night and the human resources lady was a family friend of ours and she saw me and she told us.
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>> gretchen: obviously you have so many unanswered questions at this point in time. bobby, what do you want to hear from the company? >> we just want to hear, you know, show their concerns and tell us -- we know the mining industry is a very dangerous industry. i work in the industry myself. i'm not underground very often, but i know and we all know the tragedies that can happen, the injuries that do happen. but we just want to be like we would treat someone with sympathy and care. we would like to know where benny is at right now. no one in the family knows where benny is at. we have no idea where his belongings are. his wallet. we have no idea about anything. i mean, we tried last night. we searched the town looking for someone to give us an answer and we've yet to hear one.
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we'll continue to pray and be strong for each other and just like all west virginiaian, we're pretty tough people, we'll get through it. >> gretchen: well, it's amazing that you're there today and you're talking to us and we're so sorry for your loss as well as the other 24 families, the four families that continue to hold out hope. bobby and janie sanger. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> gretchen: we'll be right back after this.
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>> steve: because of all the breaking news today, the segment we want to do bring you on how a woman who realized her kid was a spoiled brat wanted to teach her a lesson and took her to india, we're going to have to move that to tomorrow. tune in for that. as well, gretchen will be cooking with trisha yearwood. >> gretchen: she'ller our guest tomorrow. >> brian: will gretchen joins her when she breaks into song?


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